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The Best Children’s and YA Books of February

by the Brightly Editors

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Long, cold winter days call for plenty of books! Reading stories with your kids or giving them time and space to curl up with a book is an excellent way to spend these last few weeks of winter. Need some reading recommendations? We’ve got you covered. From picture books to novels, here are February’s best children’s and young adult books.

  • Picture Books

  • Sleepy Sheepy

    by Lucy Ruth Cummins, illustrated by Pete Oswald

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    Sleepy Sheepy insists he isn’t tired and does everything he can to avoid bedtime, from eating snacks to tying up his exhausted parents. This hilarious new bedtime story will quickly become a favorite for children everywhere.

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  • Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia

    by Jenny Liao, illustrated by Dream Chen

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    This delicious picture book is about a girl who introduces her classmates to Cantonese cuisine. Zia wishes she could have a lunch that looks, tastes, and smells like everyone else’s. She dreads lunchtime until her parents pack some extra-special lunches and explain the significance behind each one. Foodies of all ages will appreciate this adorable story!

    (On sale: 2/7/2023)

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  • Good Night, Sister

    by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, illustrated by Lucy Fleming

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    Bedtime, sisterhood, and kindness combine in this beautiful picture book. Kat is excited to move into her own room, but when a storm keeps her awake and frightened, her younger sister knows just how to comfort her. It’s a sweet story that celebrates the special relationship between siblings and how they show each other love and support.

    (On sale: 2/7/2023)

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  • Eric Loves Animals

    by Eric Carle

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    At 176 pages, this comprehensive book is perfect for Eric Carle fans of all ages. It’s an extraordinary collection of art with hundreds of animals, commentary from the author, and interactive elements. Whether you want to flip through the pages with your child, give it as a gift, or keep it for yourself, this book is a must-have!

    (On sale: 2/14/2023)

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  • Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear

    by Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Olivier Tallec

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    Teach your child about the importance of taking time to be alone. Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear spend every waking minute together until Rabbit discovers a beautiful spot — the perfect place for some alone time. When she talks to her friends about it, they admit that they also go there to be alone.

    (On sale: 2/14/2023)

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  • When I Talk to God, I Talk About You

    by Chrissy Metz and Bradley Collins, illustrated by Lisa Fields

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    Families of faith will love this beautiful ode to prayer and parenthood. Animal parents tell their children what they pray and hope for on their behalf. This sweet book makes an excellent gift for special occasions or as a bedtime read-aloud.

    (On sale: 2/14/2023)

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  • YA

  • Stardust in Their Veins

    by Laura Sebastian

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    Find a comfortable spot because once you crack open the gritty sequel to Castles In Their Bones, you won’t be able to set it down. Three princesses join neighboring kingdoms, intending to expand their mother’s empire. Now, one princess is dead, and the remaining two sisters have plans that don’t include their mother’s schemes. YA readers will obsess over this dark fantasy series about ambition, manipulation, sisterhood, and true love.

    (On sale: 2/7/2023)

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  • When You Wish Upon a Lantern

    by Gloria Chao

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    Reach for this book the next time you’re in the mood for a feel-good YA romance. With her family’s lantern store in trouble, Liya and her ex-best friend Kai team up to grant people’s wishes, hoping to boost sales. As the teens work together, they mend their friendship and fall in love despite the many factors pulling them apart. This sweet story will make any romance reader’s heart happy.

    (On sale: 2/14/2023)

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  • Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim

    by Patricia Park

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    Alejandra feels like she doesn’t fit in at school, at home, or in her neighborhood. So, when an incident at school pushes her into the spotlight, she must learn to embrace herself and her multicultural heritage. This thoughtful novel tackles authenticity, racism, self-acceptance, and fitting in.

    (On sale: 2/21/2023)

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  • Chaos Theory

    by Nic Stone

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    Nic Stone is the go-to author when you need to ugly-cry about fictional characters. In her latest novel, she tackles issues that modern teens deal with — mental health, addiction, first love, and grief. When Shelbi recognizes the intense pain Andy is experiencing, she befriends him, and they quickly fall in love. But both teens have a past that soon threatens to destroy their budding relationship.

    (On sale: 2/28/2023)

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  • The Island

    by Natasha Preston

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    Hair-raising chills combine with the glamorous world of influencers in this creepy novel from the bestselling author of The Lake and The Twin. Six teenage influencers get invited to an exclusive, all-expenses-paid weekend at an island resort. It sounds almost too good to be true. But once they reach the island, their luxurious vacation turns deadly.

    (On sale: 2/28/2023)

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  • Nightbirds

    by Kate J. Armstrong

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    Corruption, secrets, and magical kisses — this new feminist fantasy novel is everything YA readers crave! The Nightbirds are girls with magical abilities caught in a system designed to control them and their powers. But when the girls discover that influential people’s lies have imprisoned them, they will stop at nothing to win their freedom.

    (On sale: 2/28/2023)

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